Thomas Massie Response to United States Involvement in SyriaSubmitted by ProudAmericanFirst on Sat, 09/07/2013 - 09:07
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
September 6, 2013
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about United States military involvement in Syria. I share your concern and am opposed to any U.S. military intervention.
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war. Our Founding Fathers believed that Congress-not the President-should possess this power. They believed that giving this authority to the executive branch presents a direct threat to liberty.
Although the President now claims that he will seek permission from Congress before he launches offensive military strikes in Syria, he also says that he has the right to act unilaterally without Congress. This is unconstitutional.
Recent events in Syria do not affect the national security interests of the United States whatsoever. No compelling reason exists that would justify risking the lives of our brave men and women in the U.S. military who would be sent to Syria. In addition, there will likely be civilian casualties as a result of any military action. It is morally wrong to place the lives of soldiers and civilians in danger to attack a country that poses no threat to the United States. It is also morally wrong to burden American taxpayers with the financial costs of any military action.
In June of 2013, I introduced H.R. 2507, the War Powers Protection Act of 2013. This bill prohibits military assistance to any group or individual in Syria without a formal congressional declaration of war. I also plan to vote against any upcoming bill that authorizes the use of U.S. military force against Syria.
Thank you again for writing to me. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.
Member of Congress